Rising violence between armed groups in recent months is dashing hopes of a gradual transition towards peace since the last elections. More civilians are coming under attack, and the UN says a fifth of the country's population has been displaced.
Years of conflict in the Central African Republic mean most children there are threatened with war, disease and hunger and are in dire need of help, the UN children's agency said. And things are only getting worse.
The UN Security Council has agreed to extend its MINUSCA mission in the Central African Republic for only a month as Russia and France wrangle over the mandate's wording.
The Central African Republic is facing "the abyss," Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council, told DW's Paul Lorgerie in the country in the heart of Africa as the UN prepares a renewed peacekeeping mandate.
Many who fled the 2013-2014 conflict in the Central African Republic are returning home to find their houses destroyed or occupied by other displaced families – a further source of tensions in the conflict-torn country.
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